Our love story- how we met to how we married- in case you’re new here…I wrote it all out on our 5 year anniversary. Part 1- the meet, Part 2- first east coast sighting, Part 3-Embury Ave, Part 4-the smiley face text, Part 5-will you be my girlfriend, Part 6-cubic zirconia, Part 7-i think i might throw up, Part 8- no bows, no silk, no tulle, Part 9- dollar store bamboo, Part 10-the one with the bullet points, Part 11-ode to my wedding planner, Part 12- i was made for this.
Well that was fun. I just reread the whole story of us and felt like I was right back in it…hard to believe ten years have passed. At the same time I love that ten years have gone by, because I’m so grateful that we still love each other so much. What a gift.
And this year, this October, is different than every other one. We’ve been given the gift of time for this ten year anniversary. Unemployment has its benefits. We get to be together all day, every day and while those that know me, know that being glued to any person nonstop isn’t my favorite… this is, no doubt, a special time for us to connect and relax. I love who we are together. I love our love. I love us.
When I think about our wedding day I smile. I chuckle when I remember how we talked about being ‘older’ when we tied the knot…and now I think, gosh 26 is so young! I giggle when I think how different from each other we were back then, and how we’ve still maintained many of those qualities and yet- it still works. I am speechless when I think about where God has taken us throughout the last ten years…6 moves, 8 jobs, 4 adoption journeys, 3 kiddos- I cannot imagine what the next ten years hold, but I imagine I should just hold on tight.
Instead of writing a birthday post, I’m just going to include my ode to 38 year old Bart here…just as we included it in our wedding. My husband is my favorite person to celebrate. His faithfulness to me and our vows has never wavered. I love watching him continually grow and change and mature- in ways I never even realized he needed to. It’s amazing how love grows and matures if we embrace the changes in each other and continue to celebrate who we are. I love who Bart is. I love the way he laughs and the tender way he cries. I love the freedom he feels to just be himself. I love his steadfast devotion to Jesus and how he craves to know more about God daily. I love his sensitivity and his over-thinking. I love his weird quirks and his ever-evolving style. I love his desire for righteousness and his honesty. I love how he cares for people and his patience with each one. I love to watch him with our children and how special he makes each of them feel. I love the way he’s not afraid of anything, I love that he watches rom-coms even without me, and I love that he still longs to learn more about me. I love his winks and his silent grin, his sweet smiles lines around his eyes and how his arm feels around me. I love each hug and how our kids run to be included in our hugs whenever they see. I love the freedom he gives me to be me.
I think I could keep going for pages and pages…I’m just so grateful to call this man my husband. Happy Birthday Barty, Happy Anniversary my love. I’d say we’ve spent the last ten years well. I’m so glad I get to be with you, especially in this newest cross country adventure….California here we come! With all that has happened in the last ten years, I can’t even begin to imagine what the next ten will hold.